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Marc Coma Dominates Tunisian Rally

10
April
2007
  Posted at 01:14:46 PM
  File under  KTM Racing
  Author: KTM Press Release
  Location: Normandy, France

KTM factory riders Marc Coma and David Casteu got off to a flying start in the World Championship taking 1-2 in the 2007 Tunisian Rally.

Marc Coma
Marc Coma    (c) Peyra P.
The Spaniard’s victory was particularly sweet after he was denied a place in the 2007 Dakar classic after a crash in the final stages forced him to retire when he looked certain of snatching the top podium spot.

Coma completed the eight day event in 21 hours 25’08 with fellow KTM teammate Casteu of France a clear second 22’40 behind him, but with a decisive gap between third placed Michel Marchini of France.
I am especially happy to win the Optic 2000 Tunisia rally because it was the only one that had eluded me,"  Coma said at the conclusion of the rally. “After falling in the Dakar, what better way to come back to the World Championship. My love of bikes, competition and Africa have all been good motives.”

David Casteu
David Casteu   (c) Edmunds J.
Gerard Farres, the third – and newest - member of the KTM factory team also completed a stunning first ever desert rally to finish fourth. The Spaniard was 2 hours 8’15 off Coma’s winning pace. Young Austrian KTM privateer Michael Angerer, who has accompanied the KTM Dakar team as part of the support staff, also made an impressive debut, finishing fifth.

Unlike other years where a prologue has been run in Europe before debarking for the African sectors, this year there was no prologue but instead the first stage was held on the island of Corsica. This was immediately followed by the longest stage, the 506 km from Tunis to Douz. Then over the following days riders matched their skills against the challenges of the desert, the elements and nature before concluding on Sunday. The final stage took the riders from Matmata to Touzeur, a distance of 353 km, ending in style by crossing the finish line amid the “Star Wars” film sets.

Results

1. Marc Coma, Spain, KTM, 21 hours 25’08
2. David Casteu, France, KTM 21:47’48
3. Michael Marchini, France, Yamaha, 22:57’19
4. Gerard Farres, Spain, KTM, 23:23’49
5. Michael Angerer, Austria, KTM, 23:33’23

Via: KTM



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